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Quarterly reading group: Frankenstein (11/8)

To tie in with the Frankenreads festivities on 10/27 (details below), this quarter our reading group will be discussing (you guessed it) Frankenstein. We will meet on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 3:30 in Communications 218D. Note the location change from the last few meetings, though the room is still accessible through the main Simpson …continue reading

V21 Summer Reading Group PNW 2018 (9/6-7)

For the second year running, the 18/19C Grad Research Cluster is organizing the V21 Collective Summer Reading Group for Seattle. The idea is to have an informal discussion about issues of enduring political significance for literary studies, framed through Victorian texts and recent scholarship on them. This year, we want to emphasize that we welcome …continue reading

Quarterly Reading Group: 18/19C critical race theory (5/16)

Join us for our quarterly reading group today at 3:30 in the English Dept. grad lounge. We will have tea, coffee, and snacks.  We will be reading the intros from Roxann Wheeler’s The Complexion of Race: Categories of Difference in Eighteenth-Century British Culture (Penn, 2000) and Daniel Hack’s Reaping Something New: African American Transformations of …continue reading

Devin Griffiths on the biology of form (4/19)

We wanted to draw your attention to an upcoming talk cosponsored by 18/19, Textual Studies, and the Anthropocene crossdisciplinary research cluster. Hope to see you there!  Thursday, April 19, 2018, 3:30 pmCommunications 202 Devin GriffithsAssociate Professor of English, University of Southern California  The Biology of Form​:​ Scientific Fixation and the Molecularization of Race …continue reading

Yuri Cowan on William Morris’s book collecting (10/16)

The Mirror of Everyday Life: William Morris’s Book Collecting and the Kelmscott Press October 16, 3:30 pm CMU 202 (Simpson Center Seminar Room)  Yuri writes: In accordance with his historical, aesthetic, and political theories, William Morris’s collection of medieval manuscripts, early printed books, and books about medieval art and material culture were meant to …continue reading

Linda Hughes on Victorian reception of French fixed-verse forms (10/30)

Linda Hughes (Texas Christian University): “Transnational Print Journeys into French Fixed Verse Forms”Mon. Oct 30, 3:30pm (CMU 202)  Linda writes: Tracing the movement of print and literary forms in the later nineteenth century uncovers a complex transnatonality and intersectionality embedded in what might otherwise seem the most esoteric and confined of literary movements: the …continue reading

Quarterly Reading Group: transatlantic abolitionist poetry (2/28)

Please join us for our quarterly reading group meeting on Wed. 2/28 at 3:30 pm in the Simpson Center (CMU 202/204). We will have tea, coffee, and snacks aplenty.  We are focusing on transatlantic abolitionist poetry this time around, with Meredith McGill’s essay “Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and the Circuits of Abolitionist Poetry” (2012) and …continue reading

Classics Retold: Celebrating Classical Reception from Aldus Manutius to William Morris (Rare books workshop) (4/4)

Please join us and our early modern colleagues for:  Wednesday, April 4th, 3:30-5:00Classics Retold: Celebrating Classical Reception from Aldus Manutius to William MorrisJoin the 18th and 19th century Graduate Research Cluster, the Classics, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies Group, and UW Special Collections on Wednesday, April 4th for a hands-on rare books session, featuring …continue reading